Hawk-Item – – Ranks 38th in career receiving yards with 1,080 yards on 73 receptions, while scoring nine receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown . . . ranked seventh in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game (58.5), eighth in receiving yards (760) and 11th in yards per catch (15.5).
2018 Honors – – Recipient of 2018 John Mackey Award as top tight end in the nation . . . recipient of Ozzie Newsome Award from Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio . . . named Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year in the Big Ten . . . first-team All-America by American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and USA Today . . . Walter Camp second-team All-America . . . second-team All-America by Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) . . . second-team All-America by The Associated Press and Phil Steele . . . Academic All-Big Ten for second year . . . first-team All-Big Ten by league media and second team by coaches . . . first-team All-Big Ten by Associated Press and Phil Steele . . . Roy Carver Most Valuable Player, offense . . . Coaches Appreciation Award, offense . . . John Mackey Award Co-Player of the Week (with Iowa teammate Noah Fant) in win at Indiana . . . John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List . . . 2018 – – Led team in receiving yards (49-760) and was second in receptions and touchdowns (6). . . started at tight end in 33-7 win over Northern Illinois as offense gained 209 net rushing yards . . . four receptions for 64 yards vs. NIU, with a long of 24 yards . . . started at tight end in 13-3 win over Iowa State . . . led team with career-best six receptions for 33 yards vs. ISU . . . started at tight end in 38-14 win over Northern Iowa as offense gained 545 yards total offense . . . two receptions for 16 yards vs. UNI . . . started at tight end in 28-17 loss to #18 Wisconsin . . . three receptions for career-best 125 yards vs. the Badgers, with a long of 46 yards (twice) . . . started at tight end in 48-31 win at Minnesota as offense gained 420 yards total offense . . . three receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown at Minnesota, along with one rushing attempt for a four-yard touchdown on a fake field goal . . . scoring reception covered three yards on opening drive of the game . . . started at tight end in 42-16 win at Indiana as offese gained 479 yards total offense . . . four receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns at Indiana, surpassing 100 receiving yards for second time in career . . . scoring receptions covered nine yards in the first quarter and career-long 54 yards in the third quarter . . . started at tight end in 23-0 win over Maryland as offense gained 224 net rushing yards . . . three reception for 30 yards with a long of 16 yards vs. Maryland . . . started at tight end in 30-24 loss at #17 Penn State . . . three receptions for 63 yards at Penn State, with a long of 29 yards . . . started at tight end in 38-36 loss at Purdue . . . four receptions for 39 yards at Purdue, including a four-yard scoring reception and a long of 13 yards . . . started at tight end in 14-10 loss to Northwestern . . . career-best seven receptions for 89 yards vs. Northwestern, with a long of 37 yards . . . started at tight end in 63-0 win at Illinois as offense gained 400 yards total offense . . . two receptions for 48 yards and two touchdowns at Illinois, with the receptions covering 11 and 37 yards . . . started at tight end in 31-28 win over Nebraska as offense rushed for 226 yards and gained 419 yards total offense . . . five receptions for 54 yards vs. Nebraska, including fourth-and-eight reception for 10 yards that led to game-winning field goal . . . started at tight end in 27-22 Outback Bowl win over #18 Mississippi State . . . three receptions for 43 yards vs MSU, all coming on final drive that led to a field goal and five-point advantage.
2017 Honors – – Academic All-Big Ten . . . honorable mention Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team by BTN.com . . . 2017 – – Recorded 24 receptions for 320 yards and three touchdowns . . . one of two tight ends in the starting line-up in 24-3 win over Wyoming, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 44-41 OT win at Iowa State as offense gained 497 yards total offense . . . first receptions of career at Iowa State, grabbing two receptions for 41 yards, one on a critical third down and the second to the one-yard line to set up a touchdown . . . started at tight end in 31-14 win over North Texas as offense gained 435 yards total offense . . . three receptions for 29 yards vs. North Texas, including an eight-yard scoring reception for first career touchdown . . . started at tight end in 21-19 loss to #4 Penn State, but had no statistics . . . started at tight end in 17-10 loss at Michigan State . . . three receptions for 46 yards at MSU, with a long of 22 yards . . . started at tight end in 45-16 win over Illinois . . . two receptions for 41 yards vs. Illinois, with a long of 24 yards . . . started at tight end in 17-10 OT loss at Northwestern, recording two receptions for 18 yards . . . one of three tight ends in starting line-up in 17-10 win over Minnesota . . . two receptions for 26 yards vs. Minnesota, with a long of 22 yards on opening touchdown drive . . . one of two tight ends in the starting line-up in 55-24 win over #3 Ohio State as offense gained 487 yards total offense . . . led team with five receptions for 71 yards vs. Ohio State, with two touchdowns, all career highs . . . scoring receptions covered 10 and two yards . . . started at tight end in 38-14 loss at #6 Wisconsin, recording one reception for six yards . . . one of two tight ends in starting line-up in 24-15 loss to Purdue . . . three receptions for 33 yards vs. Purdue, with a long of 16 yards . . . started at tight end in 56-14 win at Nebraska, but had no statistics as offense rushed for 313 yards and gained 505 yards total offense . . . started at tight end in 27-20 Pinstripe Bowl win over Boston College, recording one reception for nine yards.
2016 – – Redshirted.
High School honors — Named elite all-state first team as a senior . . . first-team all-state as a sophomore and junior . . . first- team all-district as sophomore, junior, and senior after earning honorable mention all-district as a freshman . . . Career — Four-year football letterman as tight end and defensive back, helping team reach state playoffs as a senior . . . holds school records for receiving yards in a game, season, and career . . . also holds records for touchdown receptions in a season and career . . . recorded 85 catches for 1,219 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, while recording 39 tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions on defense . . . as a junior totaled 73 receptions for 1,116 yards and 18 touchdowns, while collecting 22 tackles and one interception on defense . . . recorded 60 catches for 931 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore, with 15 tackles, two interceptions and one touchdown on defense . . . 20 receptions for 294 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman . . . team captain as a junior and senior.
Personal — Born July 3, 1997 . . . open major . . . parents are Teri and Tod Hockenson . . . high school coach was Curt Smyser.